I asked Rob Welsh who his top 3 requests to be on the show would be and without too much hesitation he said, “Rrrrrrrrrray Simmonds!!!!” Here you go Rob, I think everyone will love hearing Rays stories but especially us that grew up in the H-Street era living in Nor-Cal.
This episode is dedicated to Jeff Pettit. Photo: Gabe Morford
This is the last of the photos I have. These crappy photos were taken by Pettit or Jerry Thompson (he and I sitting on the rail). Some are a bit damaged even. The night shots were Christmas of 1986 because I have a date on the back when it was developed. The day shots are from earlier in 1986, and my boards are thrashed. I really liked the Lance Mountain at that time and changed the shape and graphics some (SCAN0203.jpg), but in the polaroids and low quality dark photos of doing a channel at College of Marin, I’m riding a Gonz -might have been Jerry’s board. One old shot in 1984/1985 early grab off a jump ramp -pretty funny. Surf Sports demo in 1988 with Jimmy’Z hat and shorts.
Early launch ramp 1985
Joel Wrona with stee
Tweaked ollie, Polaroid, Kentfield CA 1986
Ray & Jerry railing pose, College of Marin, 1986
Ollie gap College of Marin ’86
Ray & Jeff Ollie gap, College of Marin, 1986
Grindin’ Jeff’s house, 1986
Boardslide at Jeff’s ’86
Ollie at Jeffs ’86
Wall ride, Sutro Elementary, San Francisco, 1987, photo: Gabe Morford
Marin Jam/Contest?, 1987, photo: Gabe Morford
Ross Post Office, 1987, photo: Gabe Morford (Zoom-in to see reconstructed nose)
Marin Surf Sports Demo, Mill Valley, 1988
Use whatever you like. I wish I had better quality photos! Gabe has all the best shots and slides from epic slideshows somewhere… —Ray Simmonds
Brian Lotti and Colby Carter
Simmonds and Lotti
Ron Allen and Sean Sheffey
STOP SKATE HARASSMENT at Ross Post Office, 1987, poster: Gabe Morford Jeff Pettit, Greg Loiacono, Ray, Joel Dougherty, Brian Nute, Mark Henderson, Justin Herwick, and Joel Wrona
From early days of Oahu to getting the cover of Thrasher Magazine; Jaime Reyes is nothing less than legendary status-her cover is in the Smithsonian! Huge inspiration with tales of Hawaii, SF, and NYC and we even have a First Impressions cameo this week… Do yourself a favor and listen up y’all!
“I used to only be able to half cab into crooks…” Photo: McGinley
“Google me bitch! I front boarded the nine…” Photo: Reda
Jaime’s first photo ever published was this cover shot back in ’94… LEGENDARY!
After trying to make it happen for a few months, it has finally arrived. Episode 76 with legendary CHUCK TREECE! Listen as we discuss: being the first black man on the cover of Thrasher Magazine, Savannah Slamma, Stacy Peralta, skating with Tom Groholski, McRad and providing the soundtrack for epic skate videos, HR and Bad Brains, Skate Rock and much more. Dude’s such a legend, and as Ron Allen so appropriately said “Put Chuck in the Hall of Fame already!!!”
First African-American skateboarder to be featured on the cover of Thrasher Magazine…
Token drummer shot on tour with Tommy Guerrero and Matt Rodriguez… Photo: Claudine Gossett
This is a two-part interview in one episode. We start the show off with a serious talk about racism and the brutal murder of George Floyd, what’s been going on, and the changes we want to have happen. It’s followed by more of our traditional style interview where we discuss Dune’s history in skateboarding, growing up in Jersey, Shut Skateboards, living in SF, starting the iconic brand Stereo Skateboards with Jason Lee, and much much more. There’s lots to absorb in this one and I hope you all tune in. Make sure you are registered and participate in the voting process. #BLACKLIVESMATTER
Laban and I discuss juggling, spending some time growing up in Maine, turning pro for Blockhead Skateboards, the Big Brother cover shoot, Fuel TV, Barn Dog and Damian, music videos with Bieber and Shecks and a lot more…
First pro board…
Blockhead video part…
WC Field juggling…
Laban and Rob Collinson at Magic Skatepark in Reading, PA back in 1991…
For this episode I pieced a couple things together; due to technical difficulty I had to interview him twice(still learning the best recording options). Although Becker is episode 3, he will always be my first Podcast interview. Thank you Evan.